ATF Publications Under Revision

This morning at the Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference ATF announced that three of its publications are undergoing revision in contemplation of the release of updated editions.  The National Firearms Act Handbook and the Imports Guidebook are being revised and you may bring needed revisions to the attention of ATF at the following e-mail addresses:  nfahandbook@atf.gov and … Continue reading ATF Publications Under Revision

An Update on the Availability of ATF’s e-Form 4

This morning at the Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference ATF provided an update on their e-Forms.  Several clients have asked me when Form 4 will again be available for use in the e-Forms system.  Unfortunately, it does not sound like Form 4 will be available this calendar year. ATF has not yet even awarded the contract to … Continue reading An Update on the Availability of ATF’s e-Form 4

ATF Confirms No Plans to Revise Gun Trust Regulations Before 2015

In September 2013, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ("ATF") published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to revise regulations regarding the documentation required to be submitted together with a Form 1 or a Form 4 on behalf of a trust or other legal entity. As readers of this blog know, ATF received … Continue reading ATF Confirms No Plans to Revise Gun Trust Regulations Before 2015

At What Age Can Someone Establish a NFA Gun Trust?

Recently a client asked at what age a person in Pennsylvania could establish a revocable trust to hold firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act (the "NFA"). The answer is eighteen years of age. First, although federal law requires an individual to be twenty-one to purchase a firearm (other than an ordinary shotgun or rifle) … Continue reading At What Age Can Someone Establish a NFA Gun Trust?

Did ATF Provide an Adequate Comment Period in ATF 41P?

When the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ("ATF") published its notice of proposed rulemaking ("NPR") with respect to imposing additional filing requirements for the making and transfer of firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act ("NFA"), on September 9, 2013, ATF stated that it would provide a ninety day period for public comment … Continue reading Did ATF Provide an Adequate Comment Period in ATF 41P?

ATF to “Disqualify” More than 1000 Comments Filed in ATF 41P

            On February 6, 2014, ATF "posted" 61 comments to the electronic docket at http://www.regulations.gov.  These comments are numbered 8373 through 8433.  With the exception of one lone comment posted on January 23, these were the first comments posted since January 16 -- a period of three weeks.  On February 7, 2014, ATF posted one … Continue reading ATF to “Disqualify” More than 1000 Comments Filed in ATF 41P

FICG Files Supplemental Comment in Opposition to ATF 41P

Firearms Industry Consulting Group ("FICG"), a division of Prince Law Offices, P.C., continues to present evidence and argument to ATF in opposition to its proposed rule 41P.  FICG drafted and filed a Comment on behalf of David M. Goldman (ATF-2013-0001-1899) that set forth arguments echoed in many subsequently-filed comments.  FICG submitted its own Comment (ATF-2013-0001-8364 … Continue reading FICG Files Supplemental Comment in Opposition to ATF 41P

U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument

We recently reported that Prince Law Offices, P.C., had filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case raising significant questions about the constitutionality of President Obama's putative recess appointments. The Court has now scheduled oral argument in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, No. 12-1281, for January 13, 2014.  The Solicitor … Continue reading U.S. Supreme Court Oral Argument

Warning to All FFLs: ATF is Contemplating Another Rulemaking

We've barely had an opportunity to catch a breath since the deadline to file comments in ATF's rulemaking 41P related to the making and transfer of NFA firearms but all Federal Firearms Licensees ("FFLs") and those interested in seeing the local FFL not driven out of business need to be aware that ATF has yet … Continue reading Warning to All FFLs: ATF is Contemplating Another Rulemaking